This phase, which was originally scheduled to begin on July 1, will lead to an easing of COVID-19 restrictions and more travel to the province.
At a press conference, Premier Blaine Higgs said the province has met its goal of having 75% of New Brunswickers aged 12 and over receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and that 20% of people aged 65 and over receive their second dose. These figures are now 75.4 and 20.2 percent, respectively.
“We’ve been living with this pandemic for so long that it’s hard to believe we’re so close to reaching the green level,” Higgs noted.
COVID-19: New Brunswick meets vaccination target 1 and begins to ease restrictions
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In this phase, the province will reopen to all provinces of Atlantic Canada, as well as to the rest of the country for people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, without the need to isolate themselves.
Atlantic Canadians will not need to register to travel, but those in the rest of Canada will.
New Brunswick is still in its first day of Phase 1, which allows indoor gatherings of up to 20 people and travel from PEI, NL. -L., Avignon and Témiscouata (Quebec) without needing to isolate yourself.
Higgs said the speed at which restrictions have been relaxed reflects the hard work of New Brunswickers throughout the pandemic.
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He noted that more young New Brunswickers are reserving their second dose of the vaccine, with 13% of all people aged 12 and over having now received their second dose.
“It’s really exciting to see how many New Brunswickers are signing up for the second vaccine across all age groups,” he said.
“This not only allowed us to reach our phase 2 earlier than expected. This continued activity could allow us to reach the green stage earlier than expected.
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The province is expected to reach phase 3, or green stage, by August 2, provided 75% of people aged 12 and older have received their second dose.
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New Brunswick’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, warned the province could see an increase in the number of cases as more people can enter, noting that New Brunswick has been able to maintain its caseload if low because of its border measures.
“But the good news is that more people are getting vaccinated every day, which means more people are protected,” she said.
“So this, together with ongoing testing, early identification and management of cases, will provide a new layer of protection against the virus and allow us to prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed, as we have succeeded.” to do so throughout the year. pandemic. “
Russell also said that all residents of the province who received their first COVID-19 vaccine will be able to receive their second vaccine starting Monday, provided there is a 28-day gap between the two doses.
Phase 2 in New Brunswick
In New Brunswick, the path to greening the COVID-19 stimulus plan includes three phases to slowly ease restrictions, with target dates based on anticipated vaccination rates and low COVID-19 hospitalizations.
In terms of lifting the restrictions, Phase 2 includes changes in travel and business.
- The Atlantic bubble will open to Nova Scotia.
- Travelers from elsewhere in Canada will be able to enter without isolating themselves as long as they register and have a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Those outside Atlantic Canada who do not have a vaccine can enter, but will be required to self-isolate and take a COVID-19 test between the five and seven days of their isolation.
- There will no longer be any obligation for travelers to isolate themselves in a designated establishment.
- Rotating workers and their households will no longer need to isolate themselves upon their return to New Brunswick,
- Trip registration will continue for travelers outside of Atlantic Canada or Avignon or Témiscouata, Quebec.
- While this phase would also reduce restrictions for travelers from Maine and other international jurisdictions, these changes are pending federal regulation.
Restaurants and shops:
- Restaurants and shops can operate at full capacity.
- Businesses like restaurants, gyms, and salons should continue to maintain a customer contact list to allow public health to contact trace if necessary.
- Masks should continue to be worn indoors when it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of two meters or when not eating or drinking.
- The obligation to remain seated is no longer in force.
Sports and sporting events:
- Organized sports activity is permitted with an operational plan.
- Matches and competitions with players outside of Atlantic Canada are subject to travel requirements.
Restrictions on assembly limits, religious gatherings and masking remain in place. A complete list of each phase and their rules can be found on the province’s website.
3 new cases, outbreak ended in special care home
For now, all health zones in the province remain on the yellow alert level.
New Brunswick also reported 3 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. There is one new case each in Zone 1, Moncton area, Zone 3, Fredericton area, and Zone 6, Bathurst area.
All new cases are close contacts of previously reported cases.
There are now 58 active cases in the province, the lowest number of active cases since mid-March. Six people are hospitalized for the disease, including two in intensive care.
The province also announced that a COVID-19 outbreak at a Shediac special care home is now over.
The epidemic at Ti Bons Soins was officially declared on May 25 following a case in the establishment. Since then, staff and residents have been repeatedly tested to confirm the outbreak was over.
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